Judge: Family of gay student can sue foster home

Posted on 14 May 2009 at 4:08pm
By Associated Press

Larry King’s parents say officials at shelter were negligent in counseling 15-year-old to express his sexuality

VENTURA, Calif. — A Ventura County judge says the family of a slain gay student can sue the foster home where he was living for wrongful death.

The Ventura County Star reported the ruling Tuesday, May 12. The judge issued the ruling Monday, May 11.

The lawsuit names nearly two dozen defendants, including the Casa Pacifica shelter, its chief executive officer and a psychologist who counseled 15-year-old Larry King.

King’s parents say that personnel at Casa Pacifica were negligent in counseling him to express his sexuality, which included wearing makeup and high-heeled boots. They allege the counseling placed the boy in danger.

King was shot twice in the head in February 2008 as he sat in English class at a junior high school in Oxnard. His classmate, 15-year-old Brandon McInerney, has been charged as an adult with murder.

Information from: The Ventura County Star, www.venturacountystar.com

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